It would be interesting to open the floor up for discussion of one of the hottest memes in education presentation: the stock photo / quote combo. They’re inspirational. They’re ominous. They’re ironic. You can find them from the highest-trafficked level of edublogging to the lowest.
We collectively obsess over the tools to create these images
I realize that, in the stadium of Essential Skills For Educators, visual literacy sits somewhere up in the mezzanine. There are many more important things to discuss than how best to use an image in the service of a thesis. But it sits much, much closer to the field than any of the publishing tools which depend on and amplify your existing visual literacy.
I’m trying to convey my frustration that you’re somewhere on the order of ten times more likely to find a post in the edublogosphere celebrating SlideRocket or Prezi than you are a post soliciting feedback on your pre-existing visual literacy condition which these presentation apps utterly depend upon.
Want to shut me up? Let me see you not just post the slidedeck of your last education presentation, but the audio also. Next, don’t just tell yourself that you’re open to visual literacy instruction but tell that to your readership explicitly. Ask for feedback. Describe your thesis â€” what were you aiming for with those slides? â€” and ask for criticism. Ask people to post alternative visual approaches to your own thesis. And then â€” because a lot of people equate “criticism” with “hurting someone’s feelings” â€” reward their criticism. Thank them.
And then hype whatever new tool lets you publish your slides through Twitter’s API (or whatever) with my blessing.
But first things first.
[photo credit: Francis Yannick De Ocampo]